Well, that didn't take long.
Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has reportedly bought the Los Angeles Clippers for $2 billion, as first reported by James Rainey of the Los Angeles Times. In Ballmer, the NBA will have its newest richest owner.
Ballmer will have plenty to do once he settles into the position Donald Sterling once occupied. While there are multiple aspects of the reported sale and transfer that still need to take place, Ballmer will have a few pressing needs to attend to once all the legalities are squared away.
It's an interesting situation for Ballmer, if only because he's buying a bit of a "fix-up" in a lot of ways for such an expensive price. This is by far the most an NBA team has ever sold for, and in comparison to the price tag of $550 million that it took to buy the Milwaukee Bucks, you can see that Ballmer has identified this franchise as having plenty of potential.
To unlock that potential, however, there are a few changes, both superficial and to the interior workings, that need to be made. Let's take a look at five action items for Ballmer as he takes over as Clippers owner.